Windows Mobile 7 Discussed At SF Dev Camp

There’s nothing that we already didn’t know or had not speculated about before, but Microsoft did shed some light on Windows Mobile 7, including the main cause of delay being that Microsoft is changing its mobile strategy to have a revised, updated user experience when the forthcoming OS leaves the gates. WMExperts caught glimpse of the Dev Camp video and posted a transcript, which is below:

For example, at the 2hr mark, we get this exchange:

Q: (roughly translated): “So Steve Ballmer went out and recently said “Windows Mobile 6.1 wasn’t what we wanted it to be, neither was 6.5″, so with that in mind, when is 7 coming out?”

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(The WM7 developer added to what the others from the WM team had to say about the question)

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A: “I can give you a little inside information there Mike. I’m not gonna give you anymore than Loke gave you, but I can give you some context. My day job, is working on Windows Mobile 7. I own the calendar feature in fact. I had to try really really hard to convince my manager to let me come down here in San Fransisco and take a day off. All day long, working on 7, staying focused. Its on track (Ed. cough, cough)

The reason its been delayed and you haven’t heard much about it is cause we had to go back to the drawing board with our strategy. Change things a little bit to be more competitive when we come out the door, so were not laughed at. We wanna make the same kind of impact the Zune HD made, if you look at Engadget and the blogosphere, people were very impressed with the Zune HD in many ways except for the lack of an app store.

We wanna put out something that we’re all proud of, which is competitive on day one, we don’t wanna wait any longer.”

But there’s more.

-There won’t be an OTA update feature in WM6.5 (which should be obvious at this point) but they are serious about it for WM7

-Definitely no Zune phone, but they are most certainly aware of trying to emulate that success with their new OS

-Better graphics support in the OS and for developers too

(via: WMExperts)

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